Football Writing Festival 2017 Season Pass
Admission to 8 festival events
The Football Writing Festival, a partnership between the National Football Museum, Waterstones and Hotel Football, is back for its fourth year in Manchester.
30 August - 7 September
Between 30 August and 7 September, some of the biggest names in football journalism will come together for a festival of football chat. There's a programme of events covering subjects from non-league to Champions League, with panellists featuring some of England and Europe's best-known sports writers.
Weds 30 August, Hotel Football Old Trafford, 7pm
The Blizzard – Live
Editor of The Blizzard Jonathan Wilson will be assembling a crack team of experts from the quarterly football periodical’s extensive squad of contributors. Expect the football issues of the day to be thoroughly dissected, plus gratuitous mentions of the AFCON in this regular festival favourite. Tickets: £10 / £8
Thursday 31 August, National Football Museum, 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Back To Football School – Two!
The season’s begun, the holidays are almost over…it’s time to get yourself ready to go back to class with the return of Football School. Proving you can learn almost anything as long as you know enough about football, join author Ben Lytleton at the National Football Museum in a classroom with a difference. The perfect way to cushion the blow of the end of summer for younger fans.
Tickets: Under 14s £3, accompanying adults free.
Thursday 31 August, National Football Museum, 7pm
David Conn: The Fall Of The House Of FIFA
Football Journalist of the Year David Conn has made a career of pursuing big issues in world football, and has won many admirers for his coverage of the ongoing pursuit of justice over the Hillsborough disaster. He’ll be discussing his latest book, The Fall Of The House of FIFA, an investigation into corruption at the top of world football, for which he even secured an interview with the deposed head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter. Tickets: £8 / £6
Friday 1 September, National Football Museum 7pm
How To Get Ahead In Online Journalism
The world of online journalism has transformed the way fans think about and consume football. A chance to level the playing field for independent voices has become a way for sites to turn every press conference into 5 different stories. But alongside minute-by-minute coverage of every game and endless transfer speculation, there’s still room for quality, originality and insight. Our panel, hosted by author and Football 365 editor Daniel Storey, brings together a wide range of contributors sharing their experiences of what makes football content work online.
Goal.com’s Peter Staunton, JOE.co.uk’s Simon Lloyd and SheKicks’ editor Jen O’Neill will all be discussing what it takes to make yourself heard online, with more guests to be announced.
Saturday 2 September, National Football Museum, 6.30pm
The Non-League Show Live
Join host Caroline Barker for a non-league special at the National Football Museum. Guests include Nige Tassell, whose Bottom Corner: A Season With The Dreamers of Non-League Football is a must-read for hopeless football romantics everywhere. Tickets: £10 / £8
Monday 4 September, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, 7pm
Red Kings: Busby and Paisle y
Patrick Barclay’s definitive biography of Manchester United’s legendary manager Sir Matt Busby is published this September. For this special event, Patrick will be joined by Ian Herbert, whose Quiet Genius profiles the first manager to win the European Cup 3 times, the great Bob Paisley. Having played together at Anfield before the outbreak of WWII, the two managers would remain friends for life and lead two North West clubs to multiple domestic and European honours. Special guests on the night will provide more insight on what it was like to play for the two men. Tickets: £10 / £8
Tuesday 5 September, Hotel Football Old Trafford, 7.30pm
OPTA: Outside The Box, into The Mixer
The team from stats gurus OPTA and Michael Cox, the man behind zonalmarking.net, reunite at Hotel Football for this year’s Football Writing Festival. Cox’s The Mixer is one of the football books of the year, analysing 25 years of tactical tweaks that have transformed the Premier League. Behind the tactics are the stats, revolutionising how the game is analysed and discussed over the last quarter-century, as explored in Duncan Alexander’s new title Outside The Box. Tickets £10 / £8
Wednesday 6 September, National Football Museum, 7pm
No Hunger In Paradise
Michael Calvin’s No Hunger In Paradise is another revelatory book from one of football’s most insightful authors of recent years. A close look at football’s talent factory and what goes on behind the scenes at clubs as millions of youngsters dream of making it professionally.
In a discussion chaired by BBC Sport’s Shelley Alexander, Calvin will be joined by guests who can offer first-hand experience of the system as both players and coaches.
Joey Barton is one of football’s most outspoken players. The midfielder spent time as a young player with Everton, before being released by his home-town club and picked up by Manchester City. Joey worked with Michael Calvin on his autobiography, No Nonsense, and will offer unique insight on the journey and pitfalls of making it through the system as a professional footballer.
Paul Lake is another product of the Manchester City academy, and former City captain. His autobiography I’m Not Really Here is a story of one of the most exciting young players of his generation seeing a career ended desperately early by injury, and the effect that loss has on the rest of his life.
One of the football books of the year, No Hunger In Paradise is set to inspire one of the most memorable Football Writing Festival events yet.
Tickets: £10 / £8
Thursday 7 September, Hotel Football Old Trafford, 7.30pm
FWF’s European Union
After much wrangling and divided opinion, it falls to the Football Writing Festival to bring together a panel to settle the big question in Europe: is the Premier League really still the world’s best league? Host Reshmin Chowdhury is joined by a pan-European panel of top writing talent to look at where English football really stands alongside its continental cousins: Philippe Auclair, Rafa Honigstein and Sid Lowe make up the big-name panel, with more TBC. We’re expecting a spectacular* end to the festival. Tickets: £12 / £10
*as spectacular as discussion about football can be.
Get yourself a seat at all our events with a Season Pass for just £45 (plus booking fee), and save upto £33 compared to booking individually!